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October 11, 2018 • Volume 92 • Issue 2 • Published since 1927
‘A TREMENDOUS LOSS’
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Family and friends grieve after former LBCC football player was shot and killed News | Page 4
October 11, 2018
SlutWalk participant holds up a sign at Amber Rose’s SlutWalk in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to express an opinion on the objectification of women.
SlutWalk rally against sexual injustice Story and photos by Sydney Fredericks-Selby Viking Staff
The Amber Rose’s fourth Annual SlutWalk makes its appearance in Downtown Los Angeles at the Pershing Square on Saturday. Amber Rose is known as an activist, entrepreneur, author, and social media personality. Rose created the nonprofit SlutWalk to raise awareness about sexual injustice, gender equality, victim blaming, body shaming, and other social injustice issues. Rose believed this SlutWalk was an important time for people to speak out. According to their organization, their press kit received a quote from Amber Rose. “It is a crucial time right now especially with midterm elections being a month out that we use our voices to speak out about social injustices that are affecting me, you, and our children because we can do better,” Rose said. Amber Rose’s SlutWalk is a day festival that includes activities, vendors, sign making, and performances.
is going to die,” at the crowds. Lifestyle blogger, Catherine Harris, experienced her first time at the SlutWalk. “It is a community for all us. There is no bullying and becoming one. It is becoming one like a family and loving one another,” Harris said. At noon people were allowed to come into the event if they registered at the entrance beforehand. Artist of media and photography, Asia Dunn believed there was great energy at the event. “It is a movement for victims of sexual assault or rape. I really appreciate what Amber is doing for us,” Dunn said. The event offered food trucks, vendors, pole classes, and performances of different acts. DJ Carimsa curated the performances by the artists, Saweetie, Toni Romiti, and other celebrity guest appearances.
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Amber Rose leads the crowd at her fourth annual SlutWalk where people gather to rally against sexual injustice, objectification, and gender equality.
In the morning at 10 a.m., the day festival had a march from 1st and Hill Street to 5th and Hill Street to Pershing Square. The ASB club president of LAC, Heidi Alsangak, felt uncomfortable walking to the event because people were staring. Alsangak remembers the reason why she was
there and walked confidently. “I was taking back my power and realized I was not what others may believe, my clothes do not define me, and that word slut has no meaning,” Alsangak said. Protestors at the march that were against the SlutWalk yelled, “Everyone here
October 11, 2018
New funding may slash future money
Story and graphic by steven matthews Viking Staff Long Beach City College has a new state funding formula that could have devastating effects on the school in the future. The funding formula is unlikely to affect currently enrolled students. However, it will affect students in the future but it’s too early to determine what those effects will be. Governor Jerry Brown signed a new funding formula into law in May that changes the way the state gives funding to the 100+ community colleges within its borders. Originally, the formula gave a base allocation of funds based on full time enrolled students while the new formula will contain three factors for fund determination: amount of full time students, amount of low income students and student success. According to a statement put out by the California Department of Education, “The Budget proposes a new funding formula for general purpose apportionment that encourages access for underrepresented students, provides additional funding in recognition of the need to provide additional support for low-income students, and rewards colleges’ progress on improving student success metrics.” This in turn changes the goal for LBCC from ensuring a high enrollment count to ensuring high graduation numbers. LBCC President Reagan Romali formerly served as President of Harry S Truman College, one of the city colleges in Chicago where she saw a three times increase in graduation rates during her tenure there. “My plan is to do the same thing here,” Romali said in an interview. “Find ways to help students complete faster and there’s a plethora of ways to make that happen.” “There could be core-requisites offered, there could be tutoring support offered, a redesign of the registration system to make it easier and faster, or there could be online courses, weekend courses,” Romali said. Romali also acknowledged that even though these are all strong ideas, that im-
plementation is a different story. “Ideas are wonderful, and execution is priceless. It’s up to us to make sure that we really execute those for the students, so that we’re continuing to up our game every year, to get better and better.” “So do I think we can make it? Yeah, absolutely. I have complete faith in the students and employees of the college, so yeah, we’ll make it. Absolutely.” The LBCC vice president of student services, Marlene Dunn, also remains optimistic for the funding change. The Chancellor’s office for California community colleges ran budget simulations for the new formula based on this year’s
tentative budget and they determined they would result in a $10 million loss in school revenue, if it were implemented today. In this case, the hold harmless clause will hold the state funding for LBCC to the level it is now for three years while the school transitions to the new formula. “There’s a three year hold harmless that we lobbied, very strongly for, up and down the state, with some other college CEOs and we were successful in getting that three year hold harmless, which is effectively a three year phase in,” Romali said. For the school year 2018-2019 70% of the funding will be the base allocation, 20% will be supplemental funding for low income or
disadvantaged student count and the final 10% will be based on student success. For 2019–2020 the amounts will change to a 65% base, 20% supplemental and 15% based on student success and the final transitional year will put the allocations where they are supposed to be with 60% base, 20% supplemental and 20% based on student success. Every district will be expected to adopt goals that are aligned with the vision of the new formula by Jan. 1, 2019 and there are plans to create a 15-member Funding Formula Oversight Committee to evaluate and review the implementation of the new formula and goals.
Students participate in Voter Registration Day Story by Sydney Fredericks-Selby Viking Staff
LBCC offered two stations for students to register for the midterm elections as a part of National Voter Registration Day at both campuses on Sept. 25. Voter Registration Day allows eligible citizens help get registered to vote. The city clerk’s office teamed up with the Long Beach Unified School District
within the Long Beach High schools. The mayor Robert Garcia, included higher education institutions as well. The station to vote for registration at LAC was in front of the E Building and in front of the student union at PCC. Field deputies from the mayor’s office and volunteers from LBCC were coordinating the event. Executive assistant and scheduler from the mayor’s office Isaac Romero explained why it is important to vote for the midterm
elections. There is a big push to try and go get as many people to vote to cause awareness,” Romero said. “Right now is the time come and get registered to vote.” The midterm elections determines who will control the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as well as having a Governor’s race. The midterm election propositions are focused on bonds, taxes, healthcare, housing, labor and animals.
“We did run into a lot of people that were not registered that were looking to get registered. Mostly everybody was registered,” Romero said. LBCC student Carlos Correa, registered as a voter at LAC and will be participating on voting on Nov. 6 because she believes there should be a change in office. “I think there should be equal pay,” Correa said. “I know that women work just as hard as we do.”
Pain and Sorrow
October 11, 2018
Mourners call for action for slain former football player
Story by Anna Karkalik Viking Staff
Friends and family gathered on the evening of Thursday, September 27 at the location where a former LBCC football player was shot and killed at a Jack in the Box drive-thru on Wednesday. Members of Guy Alford’s family, friends, and community members lit candles and placed them alongside the sidewalk of the drive-thru he was gunned down at, placing a football in the front. Alford’s 10 year old brother Amari Alford, was grief-stricken describing his love for his older brother. “I love my brother a lot. He feeds me, he takes me places, he takes to school. He helps me, and I just love him,” Amari said to the media through tears. Alford’s 13 year old brother Shaheim Alford came forward to speak but was too distraught at the time. Alford’s mother shared her son’s passion for football since he was young with the dream of making it to the NFL. Alford graduated from Bishop Alemany High School and played for the LBCC Vikings football team for 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons as a safety. “He loved that school, he chose that school because he wanted to play for them. It wasn’t because he had to go there it was because he chose to go there,” said Alford’s mother, April Roby-Alford. The LBCC football team held a candlelight vigil at the Veterans Memorial Stadium to honor their former teammate on Wednesday. Members of the LBCC football team that played with him in past seasons shared they would always remember Alford as a great leader, a hard worker, and a source of motivation for a lot of the freshman players on the team as the former defensive captain. Cross Poyer a defensive back for LBCC said, “He was very aggressive and always hard working, that’s something that you will hear a lot when someone brings up Guy.” Poyer said he took a lot of traits from Alford in his leadership skills and his dedication to the team on and off the field as a defensive captain this year. Head coach Brett Peabody said, “We always called him the humble beast, he was a beast on the field he always came prepared. Off the field he was quiet and humble, a great guy to be around with an infectious smile.” “It’s a tremendous loss in terms that he did things the way you would expect these guy to be. Be hard working, be coach-able, be respectful, have a good attitude and care for one another on the team,” Peabody said. Assistant head coach Neo Aoga said, “He was one of those kids that would do
Photos by Sydney Fredericks-Selby Family of Guy Alford consoles brother, top. Family friend consoles Guy Alford’s mother, left. Candle memorial set up for Guy Alford’s vigil, right.
anything that you would ask him. What you expect as a teammate and a leader that’s what you got from him.” Peabody and others on the coaching team shared Alfords goal was focused on
getting an education and leaving California. “Education was his tool to get out of where he grew up in,” Aoga said. The details of the shooting are still unclear and have not been issued out by po-
lice as the investigation is ongoing. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday October 13 at 11:00 a.m. and will be located at the Crenshaw Christian Center 7901 South Vermont St in Los Angeles.
October 11, 2018
Radio and TV students get on air Story by Michael Nueva Viking Staff
LBCC’s radio and television section has two radio stations that the RTV department is proud of while the TV program offers students a variety of options and hands-on training necessary to build a career in the media industry. The two radio stations KCTY and KLBC of LBCC are among one of the only radio programming in California colleges that have FM and AM stations whereas the radio stations in most other colleges only have one. Professor Robert Hersh has been serving LBCC for 16 years and is currently the only full time professor at the RTV department. “LBCC probably takes radio a little more seriously than some other colleges,” Hersh said. “It’s important to cater to both daytime and nighttime students and the only way to do that is to have two distinctly different radio stations.” KCTY 107.7 FM is the city radio that contains a mixture of music, comedy, and news. KLBC 1610 AM is known as a “truly underground radio” according to their website and also has mixed content. “It’s a very creative environment and everybody has their own projects and different shows so some people like to play blues and others like to play serious topics like news,” KCTY DJ Simon Becker said. LBCC’s two radio stations have listeners from other parts of the globe with the farthest the stations have reached so far is France. DJ Kyle Davis, an RTV student said, “People from France don’t struggle listening to us because we have the website for each radio station, but if they turn on their radio station, then it’ll be difficult for them to reach us so it’s convenient to listen on the internet.” Radio listeners can always listen to both KCTY and KLBC through the website, kctyfm.org and klbc.org where students also get to do commercials for the LBCC radio stations. KCTY DJ Jaden Karamanos said, “Radio is a lot of work but I enjoy it. We make our own commercials so I am getting many experiences with that and I think that is highly in demand.” Viewers can watch the LBCC TV on channel 15 from Long Beach, channel 29 in Lakewood, channel 45, and is available via YouTube by searching LBCC Viking Productions. LBCC’s radio and television department offer beneficial opportunities for students to prepare for a career in the media production that guide them in the industry.
Photo by Dylan Keith Vintage furniture being sold by a local vendor at the Long Beach antique market. The next market will be held on Oct. 21.
Veterans Stadium: home of the Long Beach antique market Story by Alyssa Vega Viking Staff
The Long Beach antique market takes place every third Sunday of the month at the Long Beach Veterans Stadium. According to the homepage of the Long Beach antique market, the flea market has about 800 sellers. Each vendor has their own booth setup with unique antiques such as clothes, plants, cameras, furniture and home goods. Rachel Vrbka started as a shopper at the Long Beach antique market, and now has her own booth selling men and women’s vintage clothes. Vrbka sells at the Long Beach antique market every third Sunday on the month. “I do a pop-up here and at the Rose Bowl,” Vrbka said. “I like it here (Long Beach), everyone here is very friendly, laid back, chilling mode. I love it. There is more appreciative of vintage down here too.” Jessica Gomez has been shopping at the flea market at Long Beach for about seven years and has her own booth. On the days she does not have her booth set up, she brings her dog and shops around on Sundays. “We’ve been shopping here for about seven years and we try to come every time its open,” Gomez said. Hong Yao has had her booth at the antique market for about six to seven years. She sells air plants that do not require
Photo by Dylan Keith Rachel Vrbka is standing in front of her booth where she sells different mediums of clothes, colors, and fabrics.
any soil to live. “Everyone sells antiques and a lot of customers also likes plants, so they buy plants while they look for antiques.” General admission is $7 and children under the age of twelve is free of charge and parking is free at the LBCC parking structure. Early admission allows shoppers to get first pick at 5:30 a.m - 6:30 a.m. and prices are $12. Children under twelve-years-old have
free admission to the market. Food, beer and ATM machines are available at the market. The box office closes at 2 p.m. and the market is available to shoppers until 3 p.m. There will be a special sale Sunday, Oct. 21, with hundreds of different sellers. Visit the longbeachantiquemarket.com for an admission discount coupon.
October 11, 2018
LBCC might be giving smokers the boot Story by Sabrina Picou Viking Staff
Last year ASB conducted several surveys to see how many students at LBCC are smokers and to decide whether they should remove or relocate the smoking sections on campus. The results of the survey revealed that few students on campus smoke and that the majority would rather relocate the smoking areas than to remove them altogether. Back in 2016, California governor Jerry Brown vetoed a proposed ban on smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products at community college and Cal State campuses. Long-time smoker Brian Schwartz, would not mind the relocation of the smoking area in certain situations. “I guess I wouldn’t mind a relocation,” Schwartz said. “It kind of depends how far it is because I’ve been at another campus where they didn’t have smoking at all and it was kind of vexing to have to go walk out to the parking lot or having to walk across campus to do it (smoke) is also really annoying.” The relocation of the smoking areas not only is inconvenient to Schwartz but also has the potential to disrupt his daily routine and community since he spends about an hour a day at the smoking area according to Schwartz. “I’ve been making friends out here too so I end up just hanging out in the shade waiting for class to start,” Schwartz said. Some smokers understand the inconvenience and disturbance the smoking area has on nonsmokers. Aerospace engineering major Avein Ortiz, can resonate. “Say if I’m not a smoker and I have to walk through this (smoking area) like it’s
LBCC student Brian Schwartz smokes a cigarette at the smoking area outside the D building.
the easiest way, I would feel that’s kind of annoying because people are smoking and I’m over here walking through all their smoke, that would be annoying to someone who doesn’t smoke I feel,” Ortiz said. There are six designated smoking areas at LAC that are located on the outskirts of buildings except for the one outside the D building. Representative of student health and
wellness Jocelyn Reyes, has been working on a resolution to the complaints of the smoking area outside the D building. According to Reyes, the majority of the smoking areas are on the outskirts of campus but the one outside the D building is the one she is focused on removing or relocating. “It’s 90% complete, we are going to bring it up to ASB and if it passes through ASB it
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goes to our board of trustees and then from there they would decide what they would do about that smoking section,” said Reyes. Reyes expects the resolution to make it to ASB by October and getting to the board of trustees by November of this year. “It’s definitely going to happen this semester for sure considering the fact that I am almost done with the resolution,” said Reyes.
Percussion ensemble class: tailored for new musicians Story and Photo by Skyler smith Viking Staff
Student musicians gathered at the G building at LAC on Sept. 28, to rehearse for their Percussion Ensemble class. The rehearsal lasted three hours and included several students performing various musical movements, all on percussion instruments. Professor Gary Heaton-Smith led the ensemble by using a Doumbek to help the students keep the rhythm. “The class is for beginners and new musicians,” said professor Hewton-Smith. “We tailor our class to each students skill level.” Throughout the rehearsal, the professor would guide the students with quick instructions as the performance went on. Despite being more of an elective, the class allows fellow student musicians to hone their skills and bond with one another. Student musician Khalil Kweli, who
LBCC student Ana Gonzalez, right, practice on percussion with her classmates. Student musicians refine their skills with the percussion ensemble.
usually plays solo instruments like the drums or piano, explained that it “helps balance my sound and work with others.”
Despite fatigue setting in late in the rehearsal, the student musicians pulled through with their performance.
With every rehearsal being three hours, the students are given the time to be ready for the final. “This is like a percussion class with a recital at the end,” said student Kirk Wilson. According to Heaton-Smith, the final will take place on November in the classroom. The final will feature three musical pieces of varying difficulty. The second year professor here at LBCC has high praises from his students. “He’s very chill and understanding,” student Kweli said. The aim of the music program at LBCC is to prepare college students to become successful musicians. The sense of unity was proudly on display, with students using percussion instruments like the Marimba, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Mark Tree, and even a suspended Cymbal.
October 11, 2018
Voting is not enough The 50-48 vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as an associate justice of the Supreme Court on Saturday has left some people discouraged, excited, and even energized. To those who do feel disappointed about Kavanaugh’s confirmation, this is not a time to feel like your voice will not be heard but rather a time to step up and do more than vote. For those that are having feelings of discouragement and a loss of faith in our system there is more to be done than voting in the upcoming November election. Being active in your community and reaching out to reluctant voters is a proactive way to do more than going to the polls. A way to reach out to your community is to join a 1-800 hotline to help inform voters on sample ballot booklets, poll locations, and ensuring accessibility of information to voters and those who are interested. Attending city council meetings are an important way to be active in your city’s
current issues and to hear what is the latest topic of conversation. By attending a city council meeting, you have the opportunity to have your voice heard by those who have authority in the decision making process. Consider joining a non-partisan political organization like The League of Women Voters who host candidate forums and debates for the public to be a part of as well as supporting women’s rights and voting. One political organization that is dedicated in providing choices for voters and better representation to every citizen is the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers. According to their website, the nonpartisan organization “established an association of nonpartisan, reformed-oriented organizations and individuals that can facilitate shared resources, and establish common objectives.” Regardless of party affiliation or beliefs this is a time where voting is only the first step in getting active in politics.
Calling the elected officials is one way to get in touch with issues taking place in your district and having the official hear the constituent’s voice. The most simple way to contact or find an elected official is to visit usa.gov/elected-officials. Voting is one way to be active in your community and the political process, but there is always more to be done. Participating in a 1-800 hotline will allow your voice to be heard, as well as attending city council meetings, and joining a nonpartisan organization are just a few ways that can make a difference in your community. Despite the many views on the confirmation of Kavanaugh in the Supreme Court there must still be participation on all sides. Especially to those who were left with a somber feeling after Saturday’s vote, participating in the community and being active by doing more than voting is the way to ensure voices are not silenced.
Incoming students need a campus tour Story by Malik Reeves Viking Staff LBCC needs to familiarize their first year students with both LAC and PCC during orientation. The college has a mandatory online orientation for first year students in which they take an assessment test and a workshop where they meet with a counselor to plan their class schedule. What LBCC lacks is an attempt to get the students familiar with each campus and that can make their college experience less intimidating. Various colleges require first year students to attend a mandatory orientation where students get a detailed tour of the campus however, for a community college this idea of an orientation might be a bit different. Many first year college students are overwhelmed with the idea that they’re attending college for the first time and might be intimidated on the first day of school trying to find their classes. LBCC has an enrollment of more than 20,000 students with most of them being at LAC. The first few weeks of school are always a hassle with many students on campus at the same time. I’ve had a few classes at PCC and I’m still not sure where everything is located. Former newspaper advisor Pat Mckean scheduled a tour of PCC for the Beginning Newswriting and Reporting class. Some first year students might know where the counseling building and cafeteria are located however, the numerous services the college provides needs to come to
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October 11, 2018
Fast-paced defense leads to victory Story by Sabrina Picou Viking Staff Center Sabrina Juarez scored four goals leading the LBCC women’s water polo team to victory in a 15-3 win over the visiting Pasadena City College Lancers on Tuesday. The Vikings started off strong scoring 10 goals in the first half of the game using aggressive tactics to rout the Pasadena Lancers. Goalie Camila Rosas limited the Lancers to one goal in the first half of the game with a fast-paced defense. “I was focusing on the ball and I made some good blocks,” Rosas said. “I thought it (the game) went pretty well we probably could’ve done better but I think we overall came out with a win so that was good.” Both defenders Karissa Qualley and Samantha Martinez scored three goals during the game pushing LBCC toward the win. According to head coach Chris Oeding improving the team’s defense is always a work in progress. “Whether we are playing Pasadena or any other team our ability to be in the present and play in the moment and be aware of our player, our ball and all that stuff is something that we’re trying to get better at so we can establish a baseline press defense to be able to compete with the best teams in the state,” said Oeding. The LBCC women’s water polo team (8-7 overall, 4-0 in conference) is a threetime defending South Coast Conference champion. Pasadena (1-5) is winless in conference play. Sydney Brightenburg scored two goals for the Vikings, one in the second quarter and one in the third. Alejandra Villa, Harlie Whelan, and Madison Hinojosa each scored one goal. Attacker Sara Capt said Pasadena players engaged in physical play throughout the game leading to frustration. “This one player was bothering me and I should’ve let her go and not gone for it
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Defender Karissa Qualley and goal keeper Cami Owens block the ball from Pasadena winning 15-3.
Defender Karissa Qualley blocks Pasadena player in an aggressive move. Highlighting the LBCC fast-paced defense over the Lancers.
like I should’ve but its OK its all a learning experience,” said Capt. The team hopes to keep their aggressive defensive line for upcoming games. As they get further into their current season the Vikings are focusing on all aspects of their game performances. LBCC’s next conference game will be on Oct. 17 at Chaffey. LBCC and Chaffey are both among the top four in the South Coast Conference along with MT. San Antonio and Cerritos. The game will begin at 3 p.m. at Chaffey.
Vikings take home the Crosstown Cup against Cerritos Story by Victoria Rowe Viking Staff
Running back Pierre Robinson rushed for 90 yards and scored a total of two touchdowns to lead Long Beach City College over host Cerritos College Falcons 4632 on Saturday night at Falcon Stadium for the Crosstown Cup. The Viking’s offense showed up against the Falcons with a touchdown completed by running back Raphael Jones by the end of the first quarter keeping the Vikings with a 7-0 lead. Sophomore kicker Augustine Delgadillo made a 22 yard field goal in the second
quarter bringing the Vikings to a 10-6 lead. The Falcons came back to spoil the Vikings lead with a 70 yard run by running back Rhamondre Stevenson bringing Cerritos to a 10-13 lead. The Vikings came back strong with two more touchdowns by the beginning of the third quarter, bringing them up to a 24-13 lead. In the fourth quarter Drake Peabody completed an 11 yd pass to Milshon Lathan while Jonathan bonds completed a 2 point conversion pass bringing the Vikings to a 39-25 lead against the Falcons. Quarterback coach Sean Flynn spoke on the teams overall improvement from
last weeks game, “I thought we made huge improvements from last weeks game, we really cleaned up and were able to pay more attention to detail which we didn’t do last week and it paid off in this game.” Freshman running back Pierre Robinson and Sophomore quarterback Drake Peabody played big games Saturday night against the Falcons, with Robinson rushing for 90 yds with two touchdowns and Peabody throwing for 249 yards, including a touchdown through the air and rushing for 9 yards and another touchdown. Coach Flynn has kept his confidence with the team going into conference, “I never lost confidence in the team, we went
back and watched the game against Riverside and there were just a lot of things there we didn’t execute.” Coach Peabody said “We definitely need to keep improving our field goals, we’ve only hit 3 out of 7 of our field goals this season. We also need to tackle better, I don’t think we’ve tackled very well these past two games.” “I thought overall we played quite well, it was nice to see that when the going got tough and Cerritos started coming back we responded, we got stops in the defense and we continued to score,” said coach Peabody. After coming off a bye week the Vikings hope to keep on improving.